February 2021 Club Meeting. The Club will hold its next meeting on February 15, 2021, commencing at 7:00 pm. All in-person meetings have been cancelled. We will use Zoom to conduct the meeting (instructions and the link to the meeting are below). We will hold a business meeting followed by a presentation.   We will open the Zoom meeting at 6:00 for informal discussions and general conversations, more like the in-person Connect Time of old. 

February 2021 Club MeetingSpeaker: Jeff Ryan K0RM, Director, Rocky Mountain Division, ARRL  Topic: Current state of affairs in Amateur Radio, the ARRL, and the FCC. Hear what’s happening in the Rocky Mountain Division.

Forums, Presentations, and Webinars

  • Orlando Hamcation. The HamCation 2021 Forums and Speakers is now virtual via webinars. These webinars will be split up into four (4) categories: Vendor, Youth, Technology, and Contesting. You'll have to register for each webinar you will want to attend. Webinars will be Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 10AM to 4PM EST and Sunday, February 14, 2021 from 10AM to 4PM EST. Anyone who registers and attends at least one webinar will receive one free entry into the prize drawings.
  • QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo. Is scheduled for  March 13 and 14, 2021 and will be "on-demand" until April 12, 2021. ​Early Bird Ticket Sales begin January 4, 2021. More info on the Expo tab on the QSO Today podcast home page. There is a small charge this year, but the price of admission is lower if you sign up before the event. Here's a list of some proposed speakers and topics.  Last year it was quite an event and the list of speakers was impressive. 
  • HamSCI Workshop 2021. The meeting will take place March 19-20, 2021 using Zoom hosted by The University of Scranton in Scranton, PA  and sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The primary objective of the HamSCI workshop is to bring together the amateur radio community and professional scientists. The theme of the 2021 HamSCI Workshop is midlatitude ionospheric science.
  • Rocky Mountain Ham University. This year RMHamU is offering its courses on the second Saturday of the month. The plan is to  use a hybrid in-person/Zoom format. The tentative schedule is:
    • February 13, 2021  Various speakers on short topics (NerdFest)
    • March 13, 2021  Doug Sharp K2AD on Lightning Protection
    • April 10, 2021  Dave Macerowski WA1JHK on Mountain Top Applications for Single Board Computers
  •        RM Ham Tech Talks
    • January 19, 2021 - at  7:30 PM - Radio programming with CHIRP by Chris K0SWE
    • February 23, 2021  7:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Winlink: RMS vs P2P

         If you are interested in any of the RM Ham events, there is a signup process on the RM Ham University website.

Winter Field Day 2021. Winter Field Day 2021 is January 30 & 31, 2021, 1900 UTC (12pm MST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (12pm MST) Sunday. The rules are almost the same as for the ARRL Field Day (4th weekend in June). Extra credit for remote and outdoor operations, but operations from home with or without alternative power are permitted. Here's a link to the rules. All are welcome to join us. Sell, so far there will be a couple of us (at least).  Depending on the weather (so far the weather forecast looks good), let's go to Fox Run Regional Park and meet at  Pavilions 1-3 (enter the park from the South, turn right and then take the first left) from 12:00 to 2:00.  Covid-19 safety will be required.

License Classes. Congratulations to our License Class Team leaders Stu W0STU and Bob K0NR on a successful Technician Licensing Class for twelve soldiers from Ft. Carson. All students passed the exam (and thanks to Joyce K0JJW and Cole W0COL for helping serve as the VE team for the exam). The License Class Team headed by Stu WØSTU is in the process of planning for a Technicians Licensing Class for Spring 2021. No final plans yet, but he and Bob KØNR are evaluating facilities and dates. Right now it's difficult to know what we will be able to pull off, if anything. So, stay tuned. 

Tri-Lakes Amateur Radio Association FM Net is held each Monday night (except 3rd Monday of the month which is the night of the Club’s monthly meeting) commencing at 7:30 p.m. The Net is held on the NØXLF repeater located near Palmer Lake.  The NØXLF repeater frequency is: 147.075 MHz, +600 offset (i.e., 147.675 MHz). A 131.8 Hz CTCSS tone is required to access the repeater. We recommend leaving "tone squelch" off on your radio. Please add this to your frequency list. You may also access the Net through Echolink, NØOBA, node 10079.

Net Control Station Operators: Net control operators for our FM Net:

  • January 25 - KB8JLI Lisa
  • February 1 - K0NR Bob
  • February 8 - KØTRD Tricia
  • February 15 - No net, monthly meeting instead
  • February 22 - Need net control station operator
  • March 1 - Need net control station operator

Our thanks to those who are volunteering to serve as Net Control Operators. We always need Net Control Operators, so please volunteer. This is a wonderful opportunity to improve your on-the-air skills. It is easy to sign up, just go to the Net Control signup page at the Club's website and follow the instructions. There is a simple script that is easy to follow. 

Hang Out on the NØXLF Repeater. During the pandemic it's a great time to "hang out" on the NØXLF repeater. This should be your go-to place for FM. Don't forget that if ARES is using it (very infrequent) ARES has priority.

Podcasts of Interest. The following podcasts may be of interest:

  • QSO Today Episode 337 - Peter Butler - W1UU Peter Butler, W1UU’s ham radio journey began with the purchase of a J38 code key and a trip to the library.  Sputnik inspired Peter to a career in microwave engineering reinforced by this ham radio interest.  Peter is the Vice President of CWops and actively involved in sharing his love for CW and good operating practice with the hundreds of amateurs who are signing on to do the same.

Equipment Loan Program. The Club still has a portable station available for loan to members. With the Covid-19 pandemic, the station has been available most of the time. If you would like to borrow it, please reach out to us and we'll get you on the schedule. The Station consists of an Icom IC-7300 (HF + 6m rig), a  Kenwood TMV71A (this is a mobile VHF/UHF rig), a diamond X50A VHF/UHF antenna, and a mast.  The gear is expertly mounted in a hard case and the station includes a power supply, wire end fed half wave antennas (20m and 40m).  These are great assets of the Club and may help you decide on your next radio. We have also recently acquired tools for Powerpole connectors. Everyone should benefit from using these.

Upcoming Contests/Events. There are several bigger contests coming up. You might want to listen in or participate:

  • CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW. 2200Z, Jan 29 to 2200Z, Jan 31
  • Winter Field Day. 1900Z, Jan 30 to 1900Z, Jan 31
  • CQ 160-Meter Contest, CW: 2200Z, Jan 29 to 2200Z, Jan 31
  • 10-10 Int. Winter Contest, SSB: 0001Z, Feb 6 to 2359Z, Feb 7
  • European Union DX Contest: 1800Z, Feb 6 to 1800Z, Feb 7

Elmering. Jim NCØJW and others have been providing help to those who request assistance. If you need help with anything, please reach out. Our Google Groups email system is great for this purpose. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it - and remember: There are no stupid questions. If you have more than a question or two or would like to be paired with an Elmer, please let Jim NCØJW, Bob KØNR, or me know and we'll do our best to connect you with someone who can help you.  

Zoom Invitation/Link for the Next Monthly Club Meeting. The link for the next monthly Club meeting (and the discussion preceding the meeting) is:[The link has been removed. Sign up for our Google Groups list and the link is provided in the weekly update sent to those subscribers].   Connecting should be as easy as clicking the link. If you have your Zoom account set up you should be prompted to open your Zoom app. If you don't have a Zoom account, you will be prompted to permit Zoom to download. Once it has been downloaded, you will click the prompt to join the meeting. ZOOM HAS UPDATED ITS SETTINGS AND YOU MAY NOW BE PLACED IN A "WAITING ROOM" BEFORE JOINING THE CALL. PLEASE BE PATIENT, WE WILL BE WORKING TO MINIMIZE THE WAITING. Please check the lower left hand corner of the display to confirm that the video does NOT have a red line through it. Please also confirm that the microphone does have a red line through it. If you do not have a camera and microphone on your computer, you may still observe and listen in.  The steps are the same, except you do not need to adjust your microphone and camera.

King Soopers Program. This is a simple way to generate easy money for the club.  If you connect your King Soopers card to the Community Rewards program and select our club as the nonprofit organization, the club will receive a quarterly payment based on purchases. It costs you nothing and is a wonderful benefit for the club. Once you sign up, you are set forever. Please sign up for this program. We cannot emphasize this enough as this program really generates great revenue for the Club and it costs nothing for you to participate. Just log into your account (tied to your King Soopers Card) or create an account if you don't have one. Select Community Rewards Program,  Type in Tri-Lakes Monument Radio Association (or use our account number, KM150). Press "Enroll" and you will receive a confirmation. It's that easy and takes only a minute or two.

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